Lael Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. While working on the reservation, Lael provided legal advice on all areas of tribal government including, housing, Indian Child Welfare, real estate, gaming, employment, contracts, enrollment and constitutional analysis.

Lael developed innovative federal processes for consulting with tribes while reviewing and updating national federal regulatory structure for the $27 billion dollar tribal gaming industry.  She has provided advice and strategic policy analysis on national legislative and regulatory proposals to a national economic development policy organization and streamlined the contract and regulation compliance process at a large tribal gaming organization.

Her experience both on and off the reservation provides Lael an unique perspective on the opportunities and hurdles facing the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.


Professional Association

Lael is a member and Past-President of the Northwest Indian Bar Association, Past-President for the National Native American Bar Association, former Chair for the WSBA Indian Law Section and serves as Commissioner for the American Bar Association, Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., Vice-President, Student Bar Association 2002-2003, 2003
  • University of Washington, B.A. History & American Indian Studies, 1999


  • Tulalip Tribes Bar Association, 2002
  • Washington, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2004
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013